Democrats’ disputes over the expense bill contributed to the decision to retire, Texas Dem says

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Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, the 85-year-old Texas Democrat who recently announced she would not seek re-election, said in an interview that party disputes over President Biden’s law on social spending contributed to her decision.

Johnson told CBS DFW on Tuesday that the decision was not easy, and some executives asked her to reconsider. But she told the station she was getting older, and also pointed to the fight over President Biden’s law on social spending.

“You start to question why, when you get to a point where our party is not as together as you would like it to be, as you have experienced,” she said. Her office did not immediately respond to an email from Fox News after work.

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Her decision not to stand for re-election prompted representatives from both sides of the aisle to praise her service. Rep. Frank D. Lucas, R-Okla., Served with her on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee.

The Washington Post reported that he issued a statement saying there is no one he “would rather have as my counterpart across the aisle.”

He called her a “true public servant” who is deeply concerned about supporting science in the United States

“She’s an old-fashioned lawmaker who cares more about results than headlines, and I respect that deeply,” he said.

Chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, Eddie Bernice Johnson, makes remarks during an event in honor of NASA's 'Hidden Figures', African American female mathematicians who helped the US space program in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)

Chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, Eddie Bernice Johnson, makes remarks during an event in honor of NASA’s ‘Hidden Figures’, African American female mathematicians who helped the US space program in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)
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Johnson is a political fixture in her hometown of Dallas, where early in her career she became the first black woman to serve the city in the state Senate since rebuilding.

Johnson on Wednesday approved Democratic Rep. Jasmine Crockett to take her seat just days after announcing her intention to retire.

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Crockett, a state attorney general for the first time, made headlines in July as part of the group of Texas lawmakers who fled to Washington, DC, in an attempt to block a vote on the state Republican law on election integrity, which eventually adopted and was signed into law in September.

Fox News’ Jessica Chasmar and the Associated Press contributed to this report

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